Saturday August 27, 2011

The Ibanez Headstock

Ibanez Headstock

Ibanez Headstock

A guitars headstock styling can make or break a guitars consumer appeal. Thankfully the Ibanez headstock is one of the coolest guitar designs and radically departs from its days of being a Fender clone. The Ibanez headstock is reminiscent of a sleek Katana samurai sword. Maybe the Japanese engineers subconsciously threw this into the mix.

To help with the string slippage the Ibanez headstock is slightly angled.   There’s also a Floyd Rose style locking nut.  If you are new to the Edge Pro tremolos, the locking nut is a string clamp that is secures the string to the neck by tightening an Allen key screw. There are 3 screws to tighten (aka each clamp locks down two strings). The clamp is placed on once the strings are tuned to pitch with an Allen wrench. The locking nut stops or at least helps the guitar stay in tune during those whammy bar dive bombs and screaming pitch raises.

What this all means is there is some extra time added when restringing the guitar. Whatever you do, do not over tighten these clamps as you can easily strip the screws.
At the back of the Wizard Prestige Ibanez neck the 5 piece walnut join lines extend to the Ibanez headstock. It almost looks like someone used a black magic marker and drew them on. The front has the all important Ibanez Prestige emblem. Located at the back of the head is the “Made in Japan. Team J. Craft” decal and the guitars serial number.

Most of the RG series Ibanez headstock are black and are NOT color coded to match the body. Exceptions are the RG770DX, RG3570Z and RG1421F.

DiMarzio PAF Pro boxed

Ibanez Headstock Back

Ibanez Headstock with a locking nut removed

Locking nut removed

Ibanez Headstock Side

Ibanez Headstock Side












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